Op-Ed

Posted on April 25, 2022


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Anyone who’s visited a grocery store, paid an electricity bill, filled up their gas tank or oil tank at home knows the impact inflation has had on their finances. The rise in tax revenue collected by Connecticut during this time has provided an artificial overflow to state coffers. This increase has come at the detriment of residents who have been overtaxed due to rising prices across the board. Connecticut’s ever-growing tax philosophies are hurting our residents, and we the legislative body, have

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Sen. Kelly, Reps. Perillo & McGorty Push for $1.2 Billion Tax Relief Plan for Working- and Middle-Class Families

Posted on April 22, 2022


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Cuts the Income Tax, Sales Tax, Gas Tax and Returns Overtaxation to CT Families

HARTFORD – Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly, Representative Jason Perillo and Representative Ben McGorty joined Connecticut Senate and House Republicans on Thursday to propose a $1.2 billion tax relief package to help Connecticut’s working- and middle-class families.

The proposal reduces the state income tax for low- and middle-income families and individuals, reduces the state sales tax and eliminates the meals tax,

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Shelton Lawmakers, Mayor Applaud State Approval of Funding for Constitution Boulevard Extension, Commerce Park

Posted on March 31, 2022


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SHELTON – Representative Jason Perillo (R-Shelton), Representative Ben McGorty (R-Shelton), Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford), and Mayor Mark A. Lauretti applauded the state bond commission’s approval of a $5 million state investment in Shelton’s 306 Constitution Boulevard extension and Commerce Park.

Rep. Perillo said, “This has been a great team effort that included the mayor, Rep. McGorty and Senator Kelly whose help was invaluable. We made our pitch to the Governor’s office and

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Op-Ed: Juvenile Crime Needs to Be Addressed and Restoring Public Safety Should be a Top Priority

Posted on February 25, 2022


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Despite the monumental silence from my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, it shouldn’t come as any surprise to those of you who have picked up a newspaper or turned on the television in the last year or so that Connecticut is facing a serious crime problem.

Within the past week alone, a 71-year-old woman was carjacked in broad daylight in West Hartford and yet another car was stolen in Hartford, this time with a 6-year-old girl inside.

Homeowners being shot at, cars being ransacked, and garages

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2022 Legislative Survey Results

Posted on January 18, 2022


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A few weeks ago, I reached out to you and asked for your feedback on a wide range of topics – the direction Connecticut is headed, the pandemic, governor’s emergency powers, and others that may have significance as we head into the 2022 legislative session.

I wanted to thank everyone who took the time out to answer this survey as it prompted 202 responses that I wanted to pass along to you.

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Opinion: Connecticut Has a Problem with Crime

Posted on November 23, 2021


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By all indications the rising tide of crime in Connecticut shows no sign of receding any time soon.

The numbers we’re getting from law enforcement on the ground in our own town are astounding: more cars were stolen in Shelton during a three-month period this year than in all of 2019.

The statewide picture of this trend is equally disturbing.

Crime victims across Connecticut have already made more requests from the victims’ compensation fund than in any previous year on record. The fund pays out expenses

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SHELTON SENIOR HEALTH FAIR HOSTED BY STATE LAWMAKERS BRINGS VACCINES, HEALTH SCREENINGS & RESOURCES TO LOCAL SENIORS

Posted on October 27, 2021


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State Senator Kevin Kelly and Representatives Ben McGorty and Jason Perillo in partnership with the Shelton Senior Center hosted their annual Shelton Senior Health Fair on Monday, October 25, 2021.

The event connected seniors with resources and information on issues such as mental health care, identity theft resources, veterans’ services, probate estates, substance abuse services, and local transportation services. On-site flu vaccinations and COVID-19 vaccinations were available, as well as vision

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Save The Date: Annual Shelton Senior Health Fair

Posted on October 6, 2021


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Please save the date to join us at the Annual Shelton Senior Health Fair on Monday, October 25th from 9:00 A.M. to noon at the Shelton Senior Center located at 81 Wheeler Street. This has always been a great event in the past and I look forward to seeing everyone.

More details will be forthcoming in the days ahead and I will be sure to update you.

State Representative Jason Perillo Among Eight Legislators Serving on Reapportionment Committee  

Posted on September 14, 2021


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Hartford – State Representative Jason Perillo (R-113) and his seven other colleagues on the Legislature’s Reappointment Committee are hard at work accommodating recent changes in the state’s population. The committee is tasked with realigning legislative districts as a result of the 2020 census’ results.

Representative Perillo is the only Shelton legislator to serve on the committee in state history. The committee is bi-partisan and is made up of the General Assembly’s four caucuses, each receiving

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Reps. Perillo, McGorty, House Republicans Launch Petition Process on Juvenile Crime Crisis

Posted on July 7, 2021


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HARTFORD—Deputy House Republican Leader Jason Perillo (R-113) and Assistant Leader Ben McGorty (R-122) joined House Republicans on Wednesday to kickstart the call for immediate legislative action on the juvenile crime crisis that has gripped communities throughout the state, officially launching a petition effort to bring all state lawmakers into session to implement reforms. The lawmakers were joined by local police chiefs, municipal leaders, and citizen activists who are concerned about the recent

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